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Subject: Re: I still want A friend out there and know what my name means!!!
Author: Devonelisa   (Authenticated as Devonelisa)
Date: April 9, 2004 at 1:29:43 AM
Reply to: Re: I still want A friend out there and know what my name means!!! by Miranda
I can help there. It's not a shortened form of Joseph as such but an elaboration of Jo/Joe via Joey with the D added for euphony. Sort of like Maire to Maile/Mary to Molly or Sarah/Sarie/Sadie.

It's link to Jude/Judith is highly uncertain and no explanation for the switch of vowels has ever been put forth. Given the relative traditional obscurity of Jude/Judith compared with Joseph/Josephine/Joanna/etc. it's actually not as likely. But the myriad meanings of Joe- shortened names makes them a pain - could be '(God) shall add', 'dove', 'flowing down', 'God is salvation', 'God heals', etc. Pointing boy Jody's to Jude and girl Jody's to Judith is a thousand times easier! I can't go back in time and watch it happen but I'd put my money on Jody for a boy coming from Joey '(God) shall add' and for a girl from Joanna ('God is gracious') or Josephine (same as Joseph/Joey).

But never 'playful'....out of curiousity, where did that idea come from?

Devon

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